Stay connected or reconnect with Hanna Perkins

The Hanna Perkins alumni network supports our current relationships with parents as their children move on to other schools, and helps to rekindle old relationships with those who benefited from their time with Hanna Perkins.

There’s no fee and no commitment. By joining, you’ll allow us to reach out to you occasionally about special alumni events and other relevant information as Hanna Perkins continues its mission to support healthy emotional development.

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The Hanna Perkins alumni network is open to:

  • Parents
  • Past students
  • Analytic candidates/trainees
  • Past staff, board members and associates
  • Malvern Elementary School Alumni

Outside Voices

Dr. Dan Ratner: Hanna Perkins to the Rescue

This is an abridged version of Dr. Dan Ratner’s speech at the 2021 Harvest Homecoming benefit. You can find the full 5-minute version here.

Outside Voices

Smithsonian recognizes Laila Christian's documentary

A short documentary by Laila Christian, who attended Hanna Perkins School as a young child and is entering her junior year at Shaker Heights High School, has been selected to be featured in a virtual documentary showcase by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Titled “Communication in Song: How Lady Day Paved the Way,” the video runs just under 10 minutes and … [Read the rest]

Outside Voices

The great gift of being allowed to have feelings

By Austin Ratner

When I entered the Hanna Perkins preschool in the 1970s, I was more than a little afraid. I’m sure I clung to my mother as you might to a tree in a tsunami. My father had just died, and throughout my childhood a separation or an unfamiliar place would often stir up a tragic feeling.

The first thing I remember about Hanna Perkins is that I had no need to hide such feelings there. Like the big world into which I was taking my first small steps, the feelings themselves were very big, sometimes unpredictable, and “hard to manage,” as I recall some preschool teachers putting it. They understood feelings and honored them by acknowledging them, and by granting a child a little bit of sovereignty … [Read the rest]

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Cornell Road building, 1966
Cornell Road building, 1966

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